Can Call of Duty: MW2 beat Uncharted 2 to achieve the best graphics of 2009?

GB writes: "What a year it has been. And if we thought that the current year has ended for video games than you are very much mistaken. The holiday season is right around the corner and with games like Modern Warfare 2 and Assassins Creed 2 unreleased so far, we don't really have a clear winner as to who will take the elite title of best graphics of 2009. So far Naughty Dog's Uncharted 2: Among Thieves is running the show. Many gamers have already give their judgment about the game; that its the 'game of the generation'. But Activision's Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 is really looking like a stellar game which can give Uncharted 2 a good run for its money in the visuals department."

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gameseveryday3297d ago

not sure about MW2 beating Uc2 in graphics, but it might be really close!

williamkenny3297d ago

Modern Warfare 2 is not supposed to have had a huge graphical overhall (it runs on the same engine as the last game) but on a 50"'s going to look sweet.

The Hunter3297d ago

They can forget it.. Uncharted 2 is still king (in graphics).. That doesnt matter that MW2 can be the king again with the online play..

Still i will love it ;)

Darkeyes3297d ago

Are you serious? A multi-plat beating Uncharted 2 in GRAPHICS!!!!!! MW2 isn't even in HD for Gods sake. First beat KZ2, then try beating UC2 in graphics..

nightfallinicedearth3297d ago

Is this a joke? MW2 has decent graphics to say the least. I doubt it will be able beat uncharted. Maybe if they used a new engine then it might have a chance. Don't get me wrong the gameplay makes up for it and I'm sure that's why majority of us are picking this game up.

PrimordialSoupBase3297d ago (Edited 3297d ago )

lol, no. It's running on a modified Doom 3 engine. Spectacular for what they've done with it but give me a break. They have about one title left to squeeze from it, then it's time for a tech overhaul.

Obvious hitbait article is obvious.

narked3297d ago

one look at cods textures and you have ur answer

Mindboggle3297d ago

Haha i love it when PS3 fanboys get annoyed.

Of course a Multi platform game can beat uncharted 2 in graphics, its just yet to be done. I dont think MW2 will look as great as Uncharted 2, or 1 for that matter. But i think you will all be suprised at how great it looks.

Jamie Foxx3297d ago

they come up with the most retarded articles....uncharted 2 graphics might not even be surpassed next year

Mindboggle3297d ago

Uncharted 2's graphics have already been surpassed. Its called Crysis. And when crysis 2 comes out next year on the PC it will be surpassed again, and even the console versions will look amazing.

Most people dont know how great crysis looks because not many have the chance to play it on a high end PC, which is a shame.

TheBand1t3297d ago (Edited 3297d ago )

Mindboggle, you know damn well we're talking about console graphics.

I've played Crysis, and it is absolutely jawdropping. And I've played Uncharted 2, and while not as great on a technical level, is still very nice game to look at.

SL1M DADDY3297d ago

Needs to have their eyes checked. Sorry, but MW2 is going to be awesome but in comparison to Uncharted 2, it pales in comparison.

raztad3297d ago (Edited 3297d ago )

UC2 is just out of reach for MW2. Moreso I find highly unlikely MW2 visuals will be even close to KZ2's.

This "question" is just GamingBolt trying to gain some cheap hits. They already know the answer.

WhittO3297d ago (Edited 3297d ago )

No Way, MW2 does not have even CLOSE the detail on the main characters U2 does, never mind the huge amazing landscapes etc.
Theres just no way, the only good effect cod has is smoke haha, which when compared to todays games for example (like Killzone 2) now looks cheap and unreal.

Still, that doesnt mean that MW2 will be a bad game, i used to think it was just COD4.5 but now really do believe its worth the purchase. Ill be buying anyway.

A game does not need good graphics to be fun, im not playing through U2 on Crushing because it looks great..

Pennywise3297d ago

Mindboggle.... Good name. After I read your babble, it leaves my mind boggled.

shingo3297d ago (Edited 3297d ago )

Is this story a joke?

If anyone has played Uncharted 2 he'd realize fully that this news story is either a joke or the author is biologically insane.

Chubear3297d ago

Looking for cheap hits XD

SL1M DADDY3297d ago

Indeed... But Crysis was fun for only those in a catatonic state. Crysis is just plain boring whereas Uncharted 2 is pure story and game play bliss.

Leave it to an insecure PC freak to bring up Crysis in a console related thread. So sad.

Jaces3297d ago

That's a laugh.

Don't get me wrong it looks great but if any game had a chance to outshine UC2 it would be Rage.

soxfan20053296d ago

Funny how PS3 fans have no problem bringing up PC when talking about 360 "exclusives", yet when the graphics arguement is brought up, specifically Crysis, suddenly PC doesn't count.

BardockS30Z3296d ago (Edited 3296d ago )

I just watched my friend play it on x360 because I managed to get him an early copy from a local store and the game looks exactly the same was MW1. I must say I really want to play the single player campaign though it looks awesome

flash743296d ago (Edited 3296d ago )

Who cares if MW2 beats Uncharted 2 in graphics, it going to be a far better game either way. MW2 will sell more in a month than Uncharted will sell in 2 years. It will be the most actively played game for consoles online for months to come. There's no real comparison here, MW2 is the juggernaut of this year's games. Varsity just showed up, time for JV to take a seat.

Why o why3296d ago (Edited 3296d ago )


Edit @ soxfan

*another facepalm*

OpenGL3296d ago

@ soxfan2005

Sure Crysis might still be the best looking game overall, but Uncharted 2 is pretty damn impressive considering it's able to be played on a console starting at $299. I run a Radeon 5870 and I still don't average 60fps in Crysis at 1920x1200 on Very High settings.

Also, the animations in Crysis are garbage in comparison to Uncharted 2, and dead enemies are completely stuck to the ground and cannot be interacted with. This is due to the fact that in Germany, a game will receive an 18+ rating for allowing corpse manipulation, however Crytek should have at least done it properly in the U.S. and other countries where this rule did not apply.

If everything goes according to plan, Crysis 2 should be the best looking game overall next year, when including the PC. Let's hope Crytek really updates their animations as that's pretty much the only thing holding back the first game(well, that and performance).

sunil3296d ago

MW2 will not match UC2.

Simple reasoning... UC2 was developed for a single platform, MW2 is being developed for 3 (PS3, PC, 360)

SL1M DADDY3296d ago

It's even funnier when Xbox fanboys get their facts mixed up about the PC and 360 argument. The argument is, for those who need another look, about how 360 "exclusives" are also available on the PC thus taking away any real exclusivity of the 360 and the claims the fanbase makes. This however is about graphics and comparing the PC to the PS3 is stupid.

Want to try again? No? Good.

orakga3296d ago

Why don't you start pulling Pixar movies out of your @$$ while you're at it.

Crysis my @$$... Dude my WoW looks better than all of these console games when I run it on my PC, but you don't see me running my mouth about how much better it looks, do you. Why? Because it's OUT OF CONTEXT you douche!

soxfan20053296d ago (Edited 3296d ago )

What's your point? The PS3 fanbase claims that the PS3 has the "best" graphics, when clearly there are PC games with better graphics.

I don't own a PS3, yet I can still play games with better graphics. Isn't that the main point of the "exclusive" arguement? That a non-360 owner can play 360 games on a PC.

Why is it stupid to compare PC to PS3? Because doing so doesn't support your arguements?

PC either counts as a platform or it doesn't. You can't pick and choose when you want it to count, and when you don't. Personally, I don't think PC counts as a platform - I'm just highlighting the N4G double standard.

NickIni3296d ago (Edited 3296d ago )

Is this a joke? Just compare the screenshots. MW2 isn't bad at all, but in comparison to Uncharted 2, the winner is pretty clear.

"Who cares if MW2 beats Uncharted 2 in graphics, it going to be a far better game either way. MW2 will sell more in a month than Uncharted will sell in 2 years."

Because more sales = a better game? And it's pretty damn obvious a multiplat will sell more than an exclusive.

paul03883296d ago

The PC version - very possible.

Console version vs Uncharted 2 - no chance in hell...

Why o why3296d ago (Edited 3296d ago )

from here soxfan it just seems like you're using the pc to fight the 360's battles.....very bitter. I mean why not compare apples to apples aye.... they have apples out there right ??

Fact...its a pity you chose NOT to use the 360 for this type of argument. SL1M DADDY has already explained the flaw in your logic.

rockleex3296d ago (Edited 3296d ago )

Not exactly, the graphics of the games you play depends on how powerful your PC is.

PC games aren't stuck to specific specs for 10 years straight. PC games can always utilize as much brute force from the newest graphics cards available.

It is like racing a strictly stock car with another car that always has the option of being tuned up. Over time, the stock car will have less and less of a chance of winning its races against the car that isn't restricted to it's stock specs.

How that can be considered "fair competition" by 360 fanboys (who just don't want to accept that the PS3 has more power) or PC fanboys is beyond me.

Its funny because Crysis and Uncharted are both true exclusives to their respective platforms, while many 360 "exclusives" are also available on PC. So I still don't get how the unfair comparison of a PS3 exclusive to a PC exclusive in graphics has anything to do with what the definition of an "exclusive" is.

This just goes to show how illogical 360 fanboys are. They think their argument makes sense simply because both (totally different arguments) revolve around PC and consoles.

In their desperate hopes of spinning the argument back in their favor, they totally forget that one argument revolves around the comparison of a PC game and a console game, while the other argument revolves around what a certain word's definition actually means.

SL1M DADDY3296d ago

They're two different topics. You can't compare graphics between dedicated hardware and PC's, it's just silly and I would hope that even a devout Xbox fanboy like yourself would understand that. When it comes to exclusives, the very meaning of the word is blown out of the water every time MS tries to push a game as exclusive to Xbox 360 (and PC)... You can't call a game exclusive to any one platform when it is in fact out for another. It's so simple even a monkey should see it... You can see it right?

soxfan20053296d ago (Edited 3296d ago )

@ 1.32 - where do you get the impression that I'm using PC to fight 360's battles? I'll admit that the PS3 is capable of slightly better graphics, but remember, it came out a year later and cost $200-$300 more - it should have slightly better graphics. That doesn't mean that the 360 can't hold it's own graphically. MW2, as well as many other games, prove that quite well.

@ slimdaddy - the meaning of "exclusive" depends on whether you consider the PC to be a platform in the same context as a PS3 or 360. Do you? If you do, then you are right, some 360 exclusives are not really exclusives. However, in that case you also would have to admit that Uncharted 2 does NOT have the best graphics, because some PC games DO in fact look better. Just because you think it's silly to compare PC and PS3 graphics (probably because it destroys the "PS3 has the best graphics" arguement) doesn't make it true. Even a monkey knows you can't have it both ways. You can see it, right?

ikral3296d ago

MW2 could be close, to Halo 3. To U2, as far as Marco Polo went from Italy.

Greywulf3296d ago (Edited 3296d ago )

LoL.. thats a self face palm guys..You admit theres absolutely NOTHING ON THE 360 that can touch UC, let alone KZ2 & Uncharted2. Or hell.. even Flower.

Look, when we talk sales of DLC and 1.5 rehashes of games.. thats when you guys can beat your chests...When we are talking about graphics of "next gen" consoles, just pipe down and keep pretending the unreal engine looks good.

I admit, Crysis is more advanced than UC2. But thats it, and it certainly isn't anything coming from the HDDless underpowered 360's development camp that only looks good when compared to someone doing a bad job with a port.

And before the same lame arguments show up... NO GRAPHICS AREN'T THE END ALL OF GAMING, NO graphics isn't more important than gameplay. NO, NO, NO. But DON'T bring up graphics, if you can't back it up with anything but PC games that you cant play because PC gamers have to upgrade ever minute for videocards remember?

Buh buh.. Alan WAKE!! 5 years later and it looks like dig dug.

MS spends its money on DLC & Advertising. Sony spends their $ on games.

bnaked3296d ago (Edited 3296d ago )

This is possibly the most hilarious topic i've ever read.

edit: OMG the article is actually more hilarious..

soxfan20053296d ago (Edited 3296d ago )

Who admits that "nothing" on 360 can compare to KZ2, UC2, etc?? Those games have slightly better graphics than 360 exclusives, that's it. You make an extremely broad generalization there.

Graphics matter most to you - you've made that quite clear in your comments during the past year.

pangitkqb3296d ago (Edited 3296d ago )

Is it not a game platform? Why is it morally wrong to point out that if you really want top notch visuals, buy a top notch PC?

Look, I've been loving Uncharted 2 on my PS3 and admire what Naughty Dog has accomplished visually. It's a fun, attractive game. HOWEVER, it doesn't compare at all to numerous games running on maximum settings on my PC.

Almost every PC game lets me choose the quality of a games draw-distance, lighting, shaders, textures, shadow, anti-aliasing, vsynch, and more. Because i am running a high end PC i put all of them on maximum quality. No console can touch that and I say it with total love for my 360 and PS3.

Seriously, it is ridiculous that in speaking of visuals that PC is taboo.

bnaked3296d ago (Edited 3296d ago )

Crysis is the most photorealistic game, but not the best looking game imo! Not because i am a PS3 fan, just because the art design is soo much better in Uncharted 2, wow look at the village! Just beautyful..


No, that's not true! You can say: Uncharted 1 looks slightly better than Gears 2 if you compare them, but

Killzone 2 and Uncharted 2 are clearly in another league, you can't deny it..

Millah3296d ago


I love MW, and I can't wait for MW2, but to be honest MW does not have a very powerful engine. Which is why it can actually run very well on a medium PC setup. I've already played MW2 early on a friends flashed 360, and the graphics are nowhere near UC2.

IW has a lot of great little tricks they do to make the game look better, but the engine itself is still not very powerful. When you look at things like the effects, animations, etc. it actually looks last-gen. Uncharted 2 easily beats MW2 in every category...character models, animations, effects, lighting, textures, etc. I've played both on the exact same TV.

Greywulf3296d ago

So what games on the 360 does UC2/KZ2/UC1/GT5p/LBP/MGS4 look "slightly" better than? Crysis looks "slightly" better than UC2?

this should be good.

Which unreal engine game are you going to name?

Aquanox3296d ago

MW2 runs @ 60Fps, Uncharted @ 30Fps. For every frame rendered in Uncharted, MW2 renders 2.

rockleex3296d ago

Its not taboo to bring up PC when talking about graphics.

But there are important differences between PC and consoles. PCs can always be upgraded and developers aren't limited to specific specs for years.

Once again, read my previous comment about the stock car and the upgradable car. The car that is allowed to be tuned up will eventually beat the stock car in every which way. But is that something to be proud of when you beat a stock car with your tuned up car in a race? -_-


Should we bring up resolution, polygons, textures, animations, shaders, lighting, physics, particle effects, smoke, etc?

Especially when you consider that a lot of COD's "smoke" effects are actually just textures being rotated in mid-air.

Ausbo3296d ago

no multiplatform game can look as good as uncharted

In fact no exclusive(sony or microsoft)can come close to this game. and don't say killzone, because that was color deficient

Ausbo3296d ago

don't say uncharted 1 looked better than gears 2, because that is simply not true. Gears 2 looks better than even some sony exclusives imo. However, i will agree that uncharted 2 and killzone are in a leauge of their own.

Marceles3296d ago

A better comparision would be BFBC 2 vs. Uncharted 2, and even that won't look better.

sikbeta3296d ago

"not sure about MW2 beating Uc2 in graphics, but it might be really close!"

WHAT!? I tell you in a nice way:


edgeofblade3296d ago

As long as it locks 60 fps, it's superior in my mind. I'll take framerate over "cinematic quality" any day. I prefer my games to play like the best game they can... not the best movie they can.

mal_tez923296d ago

COD isn't even in the same league as Uncharted 2 or Killzone 2. I think Killzone 2 will win best graphics and game of the year will be Uncharted 2. But, MW2 may be able to beat Uncharted 2 for GOTY, I'm guessing it won't due to Uncharted beating it at E3

Montrealien3296d ago

I have seen both, and MW 2 sure feels and looks a lot more intense then Uncharted 2, and its looking damn good that's for sure.

ape0073296d ago

we all know that uncharted 2 gfx is better than mw2 of course but still mw is a great looking game that runs at 60fps,every game has its own look and feeling

mw2 and uncharted 2 are by far the 2 best games in this year,everyone knows that,to me I like mw better,im a cod 4 fanboy

....Imagine just Imagine that IW debut a new engine that match the quality of kz2,uncharted 2 or better,can you imagine how amazing this mw gonna be,cause to me IW is a bit more talented or on par with naughty dog and waaay more talented than gurella games(Like I said imagine cod with kz2 gfx,kz will not stand a chance)

ShadowRyuX3296d ago

That is all
-walks away-

Xbox Avatars Shoe3296d ago (Edited 3296d ago )

In some ways, Halo 3 and ODST look better than MW2 and that's saying a lot! Here's the comparison between the Halo, CoD and Uncharted 2 engines:

-Both have jaggies.
-Both run sub-HD.
-Both are out-dated and suck by todays standards.

-Halo's textures actually look pretty good up close.
-Halo's lighting is good and realistic.

-CoD's textures look pixely as hell within 15 feet of a wall.
-CoD's contrast is really messed up! A lot of things are way too bright or way to dark no matter what your TV settings are.

-U2's engine is just about perfect.
-NO jaggies.
-Native 720p.
-Awesome textures no matter how close or far you are.
-Superb lighting.
-Tons of detail everywhere.
-Very far draw-distance.
-The lists goes on and on...

The MW2 engine looked good in 2007 but it looked like crap compared the the 2008 games and it looks terrible compared to KZ2 and U2. It's not even close. I think even Drake's Fortune's graphics are better than MW2's.

nycredude3296d ago


Just give it up already and face the facts, you chose the wrong console and the wrong team to root for. Live with it and stop being a hater. Btw for someone who doesn't even own a Ps3 you sure love commenting on it.

I prefer the ps3 but at least I also own a 360. When you buy a Ps3 then I'll start taking you more seriously. Until then you sound like a virgin trying to talk about sex, you haven't a clue.

And I am sick of people bringing Crisis up everytime to compare with a Ps3 game. Don't you PC people have any other game besides a 3 year old game to use as a graphics benchmark? Since Crisis what other game can you hang your hat on? Seriously...

WonderboyIII3296d ago

I was wowed by uncharted 2 graphics, but wasnt wowed by the cod4 mw2 graphics. MW2 is a great game though, you will enjoy its atmosphere, intensity, weapons, and direction. But graphically the only pro it has on uncharted 2 is the 60fps.

Microsoft Xbox 3603296d ago (Edited 3296d ago )

Did you guys even watch the MW2 trailers? The game hasn't progressed in terms of graphics.

dragunrising3296d ago

Since when did MW2 become a graphical knockout? I have seen a few recent shots and it looks pretty decent. Uncharted 2 quality? I'm going to disagree.

O2_Addict3296d ago

hits = ad revenue

That's how websites like gamingbolt, N4G, IGN, Gamespot, etc. make a profit.

darkmurder3296d ago

More like can flameboy site beat IGN for quality newsreading? Answer is no.

DaTruth3296d ago

That is what I'm calling them for now on. Whoring yourself out for hits! Making an article of an opinion that you know is not true and you would never speak of in front of your friends, knowing they would laugh you out of the room; But for a couple of bucks from a few flamebait hits, they'll write anything!

ShadowCK3296d ago

You guys are unbelievable. Disagreeing with anyone who happens to think Modern Warfare 2 is superior to Uncharted 2 in the graphic department? Can't you f*cking respect each others opinions without acting like a group of girls?

I know I'm going to get tons of disagrees for this, but Uncharted 2 is nothing more than a glorified Gears of war clone with platforming and shall never be on the level of games like Halo, GTA IV or Gears due to it's lack of originality. The gameplay is jacked right from Gears, everything down to how the weapon select looks. It's sort of a mix of a bunch of games that already exist, and that's working against it. The amount of 10/10s it has gotten is ridiculous and makes me question humanity.

And I'm sorry, but Crysis 2 will obliterate Uncharted 2 in the graphic department. If you can't admit that, then you're a damn fool.

FlameBaitGod3296d ago (Edited 3296d ago )

dude you should just make a new account man, you just rlly made ur self look rlly dumb. Its so sad to watch you this desperate to defend the 360 by using the PC and as for ShadowCK, he just has damage control. SO its normal to see stuff like that from him, I mean you just know he has it when he says GTA and Gears have originality. You clearly haven't been playing for long to have just said that or know nothing about gaming

FACTUAL evidence3296d ago

Soxfan2005 is in a delusional state...I'm said ps3 exclusives are slightly better?.....hmmm let lens be the judge.

Unending Punishment3296d ago

Modern Warfare 2 will beat Uncharted 2.

Very easily.

Especially in graphics.

ultimolu3296d ago

...No it won't. -_-

Seriously, comparing a multiplatform to an exclusive?! When will the media learn?!